Palm Court

Palm Court
The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ
  • Telephone 0131 556 2414
  • Opening times 8.30am–7pm
  • Food served 8.30am–7pm (Afternoon tea: noon–5pm).
  • Average price £45 (afternoon tea)
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Palm Court

Afternoon tea involves serious spoiling at one of Edinburgh’s grandest hotels

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Afternoon tea at The Balmoral is an Edinburgh institution and the place to go if you want to be spoiled. The room belongs to another era – palm trees line the room, a Venetian chandelier glitters overhead while a harpist discretely serenades you from the balcony above. Tea aficionados are well-catered for and the loose-leaf selection includes an exciting array from that well-known Scottish tea-growing centre: Perthshire. The food arrives in waves – amuse-bouche followed by crisp goat’s cheese tartlet and a competent selection of crustless sandwiches which showcase the Balmoral’s smoked salmon. Things then shift up a gear – freshly baked scones arrive still warm from the oven, with immaculate patisserie featuring elements from the Balmoral Chocolate Room. If all that’s missing from the picture is a glass of champagne, there are several vintages available by the glass. This is no everyday sojourn; it’s an old-school treat that transforms the simple matter of tea into the grandest of occasions.

  • High point: Pâtisserie as pretty as they are scrumptious
  • Low point: Savouries are a little outgunned by the sweets
  • Notable dish: Freshly baked scones, clotted cream and preserves
  • Average price: £45 (afternoon tea)

Afternoon tea involves serious spoiling at one of Edinburgh’s grandest hotels

Palm Court is an Edinburgh institution that's as glittering as its glass dome and Venetian chandelier. Sip vintage champagne or sample the award-winning afternoon tea with a wide selection of loose leaf teas, coffee, classic and contemporary sandwiches and savouries, pastries and sweet treats. A harpist provides the perfect accompaniment.

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  • Private dining: n/a
  • No. overnight rooms: 188
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Mozart
  • Live entertainment: Afternoon harpist from 2.30pm (May–Sep, Mon–Sun; Oct–Apr, Wed–Sun)
  • Capacity: 70
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 1902
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £32.50 per bottle
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